Well, what have I been up to during my time off?
Annie. It was a magical trip. We had the most darling cabin and Annie showed us all around her town. Ivan is still asking when we can go back.
I've been cooking up a storm. I bake bread, muffins, cookies and cakes. Most recently I made a strawberry shortcake - diner style - and both boys have already requested it for their birthday cakes. Carolyn has requested a cheesecake for Christmas. Money is tight, so I am more than happy to do this for her.
I made home-made green bean casserole for Thanksgiving, perfected my pumpkin roll and pecan pie as well. I'm learning and my family benefits. Last night when I asked if they wanted breakfast for dinner or spaghetti - there was a resounding "spaghetti" shout out. I make it from scratch...ok I'm using canned tomatoes, but there's no sugar. It's sweetened with carrots and celery. Best of all, Ivan eats it up. I used ground venison from my Uncle and ground beef from the Agoff's. I thought the boys would turn their nose up at the gamey flavor of the venison. Nope, they cleaned it up!
I've been struggling with "what do I want to be when I grow up." The fact is, I have the accounting degree, but when I think about going back to an office, I panic. When I think of going to culinary school, I light up. I would make it happen, but there isn't one in my area...not even close. So until I figure out how to become a chef without formal training, I'll just keep cooking away.
I miss blogging and I am still reading, so I thought I'd start writing here again. I'm going to share my culinary endeavors, book reviews, and life in general.